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Billy Roberts

Researcher IV-Geospatial Science


Billy J. Roberts is a member of the Geospatial Data Science Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Areas of Expertise

Spatial analysis and cartography

Research Interests

Renewable energy and cartographic technique

Wildlife and energy technology interactions

Geothermal technology


M.S. with a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, University of Denver

B.S. in Geographic Information Systems, Texas State University

Prior Work Experience

GIS Analyst, Texas Department of Transportation

GIS Analyst, Texas Parks & Wildlife

GIS Analyst, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Featured Publications

Clear-Sky Probability for the August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse Using the NREL National Solar Radiation Database, NREL Technical Report (2017)

Capturing Inter-Annual Variability of PV Energy Production in South Asia, NREL Technical Report (2017)

Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study, NREL Technical Report (2016)

Estimate of the Geothermal Energy Resource in the Major Sedimentary Basins in the United States, Geothermal Resources Council 36th Annual Meeting (2012)

Implications of Future Energy Choices in the Energy-Water-Land Nexus, WREF Forum: Energy-Water Nexus: An International Perspective (2012)

U.S. Renewable Energy Technical Potentials: A GIS-Based Analysis, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Potential for Photovoltaic Solar Installation in Non-Irrigated Corners of Center Pivot Irrigation Fields in the State of Colorado, NREL Technical Report (2011)

Break-Even Cost for Residential Photovoltaics in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities, NREL Technical Report (2009)